You're feeling a sunburn. Now what do you do?
It happens to all of us. You've done all of the right things. You limit your sun exposure, you wear protective clothing and you use sunscreen. But sometimes, despite all of your good efforts, your skin gets over exposed to the sun. Whether it is your first June day at the beach, or you are so relaxed that you fall asleep in the sun on your deck, you look at your skin, you feel it and say, oh no, I am getting a sunburn! So, what do you do?
When UltraViolet (UV) rays enter skin cells, they upset delicate processes, affecting the skin’s growth and appearance. But your skin can repair damage. Let me explain...
The skin has two different layers: the dermis and a thin layer on the surface called the epidermis. This surface layer grows from the bottom up, which means that new skin cells start maturing inside, while they get older, they rise to the upper layers of skin, finally they die and create the outer layer of skin that protects us. The outermost layer of skin sheds dead cells and replaces them.
This is how it normally works. But what happens when your skin is overexposed to the sun? The UV rays penetrate into the skin, disturbing normal cells in the dermis and epidermis. This exposure activates the body’s defense reaction, which is inflammation. Inflammation changes your skin color (from normal to pink to red), temperature (from warm to hot), and pain when touched. At this point, you are probably inside and trying to figure out the best way to stop the pain and help your skin get back to normal.
Your over exposed skin can be helped with After-Sun Solution. After-Sun Solution returns moisture to damaged cells and allows the skin to restore its normal functions. Skin is one of the very few organs in our bodies that can repair itself. But it becomes harder and takes longer for skin to repair as we get older,. Sometimes, the skin needs a "break" from the dryness and environmental exposures. Our After-Sun Solution replenishes some of the natural moisturizing factors that are on the surface of normal skin, soothing the skin, so it can start its usual job: repairing itself.
So as the summer months approach us, remember these great skin saving tips!
- Limit your exposure to the sun and seek cover when your skin turns pink
- Be mindful of the times when the sun is the most intense (roughly 10 am to 4 pm)
- Wear a safe sunscreen, SPF 30 or greater with broad spectrum coverage, zinc or titanium are good choices Reapply every few hours and when you get out of the water
- Wear protective clothing; cotton is great
- Assist your skin in repairing itself with our After-Sun Solution with Aloe and Mageonick! When you feel overexposed, get out of the sun and spray on the solution right away.
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Medically reviewed on 5/22/19